The City of London is getting all romantic with Valentine's Day just around the corner, but there is still plenty for things to see and do in the Square Mile that isn't all loved up.
The City calendar is always bursting with things to see, do and experience. And this week is no different. Visitors to the area can expect to check out a whole host of talks, exhibitions, films and music performances. These are the top events in the City of London this week.
Although financial bubbles are in some sense banal and an expected feature of financial capitalism, the seeds of the next bubble are often sown by regulatory responses to previous ones. This lecture explores how regulators try to prevent what will hopefully be the ‘last’ bubble and suggests that the most effective regulatory frameworks were developed during the normal operation of markets, not in response to crises.
7 February, 6pm-7pm, free
Gresham College, 30 Holborn EC1N 2HH
Starting in London’s first ever coffee house, participants will explore the City’s long-lasting love affair with coffee and learn how caffeine-fuelled debate in coffee houses surprisingly shaped much of the modern world we live in today. The tour is designed for runners, but organisers break teams up into slow, medium and speedy groups so there’s no shame in taking a more leisurely walk around the Square Mile’s coffee spots.
9, 10 & 16 February, tickets £25
St Michael’s Alley, Cornhill EC3V 9DS
Today, one in nine people around the world still don’t have water close to home. WaterAid is raising awareness of this crisis with their photo-exhibition The Water Effect; a display of portraits focusing on people whose lives are directly impacted by the global water crisis. See Joey Lawrence’s photos focusing on the people of Tombohuaun, a remote community in Sierra Leone that had no water, and Guilhem Alandry’s celebrating of a troupe of travelling performers in Mali, who promote good hygiene.
Until 27 February, free
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama presents a new production created by Ameera Conrad & the Company. It looks at the conflicting views of developers, architects, researchers and residents over the development of a South London estate. Directed by Conrad, the play deals with the humanity (or inhumanity) of moving in and moving out. It aims to respond to the housing crisis in London, and the phenomenon of the regeneration projects in areas that used to be social housing.
11 February, 2pm, tickets £10
Milton Court Studio Theatre, 1 Milton Street EC2Y 9BH
Rogue Symphony have paired with the famous XOYO club to bring a unique orchestral rendition of the best ABBA hits. Musical directors and top musicians have created new interpretations of classics with vocalists, strings, horns and more. It is hard to imagine any office party concluding without Dancing Queen, Waterloo or Gimme Gimme, blaring out over the speakers, and they’ll all be featured here.
12 February, 7pm-10pm, tickets £15
32-37 Cowper Street EC2A 4AP
Original Dating has joined forces with Dabbers Social Bingo to bring London another dating first – Dating Bingo. This unique and totally over-the-top singles’ night makes meeting people the aim of the game – that and winning plenty of prizes, too. You’ll have the opportunity to match with others in the room, with potential partners being sent to participating individuals the day after.
12 February, 7.30pm-10pm, tickets £25
18-22 Houndsditch EC3A 7DB
Human vision seems so effortless: from a young age we see the world in high-definition colour. We can tell the difference between a cat and a hat, while The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is an anomaly. But despite recent progress, machines still confuse wives for hats. In this lecture, professor Richard Harvey will examine the phenomenon of computer vision, show how to build a computer vision system, and discuss the expectations for the future.
12 February, 6pm-7pm, free
Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN
Hyon Gyon presents recent paintings and sculptures she has made specifically for this solo exhibition at the Parasol Unit. A number of these works were made using ‘sgraffito’, a technique of scratching through a top surface of lime mortar to reveal lower layers of contrasting painted colours. Such works are created by subtraction rather than addition. Hyon Gyon is known for her intricate and highly expressive works, often mid-burst manifestations of explosive raw energy. In this exhibition, she explores themes of sociocultural identity, grief, anger and sexual politics.
Until 31 March, free
Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
This interactive theatre performance will teach kids what the ancient Londoner, Claudia, has seen over the centuries and explore the differences between modern London and Roman Londinium. Guests will be asked to help find her belongings and recreate a Roman funeral to guide her to the Underworld.
16-24 February, free but advance booking required
Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN
The Wardrobe Ensemble are offering up an intensive week-long workshop on how to make a play for 16 to 18-year olds. The theme of the week is ‘The Young Theatremaker’s Toolbox’, and will give an insight into The Wardrobe Ensemble’s creative process, including ways of generating text, physical theatre and ensemble work. The week will culminate in a showing of a new piece of work to an invited audience of friends and family. No prior experience is necessary for participants.
18-22 February, 10am-6pm each day, £150 for the entire programme
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street EC1V 9LT
This new photography exhibition at Somerset House showcases the work of two of the most exciting photographers working in fashion today. It celebrates the vitality and importance of fresh perspectives within fashion photography, especially from outside the Western sphere in our globalised and interconnected world. It also explores the artists’ feelings of being ‘lost in translation’, a feeling which, as artists living in a foreign city navigating different languages and shifting landscapes, informs Moon and Ng’s search for capturing beauty in the often overlooked and unseen narratives in our everyday lives.
Until 28 April, free
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA